February 2009 Entries

Citrix XenServer Enterprise now free

Citrix has just released it's XenServer Enterprise product free. This isn't just a barebones hypervisor product, it's the full deal with all the management tools that you'd expect from paid for product. This throws down the gaunlet to the free VMWare ESXi, and provides a 64 bit, 8 virtual CPU product that you can professionally manage. Get the info here; http://www.citrix.com/Engli... ......

Thanks to NxtGenUG Birmingham for a great evening out

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the NxtGenUG Birmingham meeting. Obviously so good, one of the guys from the Oxford meeting last week turned up again - ah, the lure of free pizza. You can download the updated PowerPoint slidedeck here, most of the important stuff is in the speaker notes; http://www.tigernews.co.uk/... Also, thanks as well to Guy Smith-Ferrier for giving me a lift back to New Street station, and for joining forces to create ......

VirtualBox - 64 bit guests on 32 bit hosts - still need hardware virtualisation

Just a clarification of my comment on a recent release of VirtualBox supporting 64 bit guests on 32 bit hosts. This is NOT a solution for a system which is not already a 64 bit CPU with hardware virtualisation. The relevant section from the VirtualBox 2.1.2 User Guide is section 1.6, as shown below. 1.6 64-bit guests Starting with Version 2.0, VirtualBox also supports 64-bit guest operating systems. Starting with Version 2.1, you can even run 64-bit guests on a 32-bit host operating system, so long ......

Thanks to NxtGenUG Oxford last night who came to my Virtualisation for Developers talk

Thanks to everyone who turned out last night at Research Machines in Didcot for the NxtGenUG meeting. It was very enjoyable and I got a good crowd asking lots of questions, which always shows they're paying attention. You can download the updated PowerPoint slidedeck here; http://www.tigernews.co.uk/... Most of the important stuff is in the speaker notes, including the SWAG questions for those who want a cheat sheet for my repeat performance at NxtGenUG ......